International Yoga Day 2020

18 June 2020, 8:09 PM
International Yoga Day 2020

Drawing by a young URI member promoting good health through yoga and encouraging all URI Cooperation Circles (member groups) to join.

As we all navigate the COVID-19 crisis, our health and our wellbeing are becoming an even more important theme in our lives. International Yoga Day serves to spread awareness about the importance and effects of yoga on the health of the people. The word 'yoga' is derived from Sanskrit, meaning to join or to unite.

The preamble of URI beautifully states: “We unite to celebrate the joy of blessings and the light of wisdom in both movement and stillness.” Yoga encompasses both movement and stillness to help us centre and learn more about ourselves.

Let us join with our family at home to mark International Yoga Day on June 21st. This year's theme will be “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family.”

Yoga is the union of the body, mind and soul,

It will help us to be our healthiest whole,


It serves to strengthen us mentally and emotionally,

Increasing stamina both physically and spiritually,


It is absolutely free and so much fun,

Yoga is universally available to everyone!


Let us allow our mind and energy to coalesce,

As we meditate to help reduce stress,


Giving a prime opportunity for us to recompose,

by understanding and practicing another exciting yoga pose,


Through Yoga, our minds will become peaceful and encumbered,

Our bodies will relax into a deeper, more restful slumber.


Whilst we continue to enhance our flexibility,

Ensuring we perform to the best of our ability,


To help each other through this time and fill our emotional need;

By sharing the wisdom and benefits, each one of us will succeed,


So are we all ready for our lives to be revived,

By demonstrating how yoga can positively impact our lives?


Yoga allows us to become more internally aligned,

It provides a calming distraction whilst focusing the mind,


As social and physical distancing continues,

One can utilise yoga to break barriers within you,


So let's commence a new yoga session,

Allowing work on alleviating anxiety and depression,


Let us start to bring our senses into tune,

Virtually joining, to mark Yoga Day on the 21st June.

Happy International Yoga Day 2020.

There are so many forms of yoga and wonderful courses online. Perhaps this is an opportunity to explore a class that you find most compelling. (Always be sure to check with your doctor if you have existing health conditions.)